Our expert says:
Some people are truly depressed, and sad, and may act harmfully towards themselves and/or others, ; some are drama queens, who adore getting attention by demanding it from others by creating such dramatic scenes. If this sort of behaviour brings her the attention shecraves, she will keep on repeating it. Maybe if she is told, calmly, that this is ann intolerable thing to do to her family, and that it is no longer acceptable --- that you will see her and give her attention IF she sees a shrink and works on solving her problems, but not if she refuses to do this and continues to create crises. If she chooses that last alternative, maybe she needs to know she will be doing it alone. Let her know that the way she chooses to behave is what is driving you away, and if she mends her ways, she can have more love and attention than ever.
If she can't afford a private psychologist, there are services she could use through the major government hospitals & clinics, and through her nearest medical school
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